10 Indian cricketers with “@im” words in their Twitter handles
Four of a kind (from left): Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli © Getty Images

Twitter usernames starting with “@im” have grown to almost epidemic proportions among Indian cricket team members. Sudatta Mukherjee compiles 10 Indian cricketers with such handles.

 

  1. Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) – Verified account.

    Rohit-Sharma
    Joined Twitter:March 2010First post: Back with my Chargers boys….Had a great first day of practice, ankles healing slow and steady…… Great to be back with my mate Gibbsy (sic)Followers: 1.48 million*Following: 37*Tweets: 1,037*One of the few members of the Indian team who is active on Twitter. The people he is following are predominantly members of the Indian cricket team. Shares a lot of personal photos, cricketing and non-cricketing, and comes across as an animal lover.
  2. Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) – Verified account.Virat-Kohli

    Joined Twitter:
    September 2009First post: @yuvsingh09 Aiieeeeeee me too me too (Replying to Yuvraj Singh’s tweet of — Gearing up for the semis tomorrow!! )Followers: 4.47 million*Following: 22*

    Tweets: 611*

    Another active member of the Indian team on Twitter, Virat Kohli mainly tweets about FC Goa, his sponsors, and sports events like India’s hockey team’s Asian Games Gold medal win over Pakistan, Wimbledon, Neymar, soccer, etc. He also tweeted about ISRO’s successful Mars Orbit Mission and meeting His Holiness Dalai Lama. Also shares his selfies or selfies with different celebrities.

  3.  Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) – Verified account.Suresh-Raina

    Joined Twitter:
    March 2010First post: Had an awesomeeee day at practice yesterday. It’s hot as hell but our teams shaping up well. One day to goooooooooooFollowers: 2.45 million*Following: 121*

    Tweets: 642*

    The southpaw is another active member from the Indian team. He tweets about different festivals, Chennai Super Kings, fellow cricketers and shares pictures from practice and gym sessions and from old matches. He also tweets in Hindi and shares pictures of the different visits of the Indian cricketers.

  4. Manish Pandey (@im_manishpandey) – Verified account.Manish-Pandey

    Joined Twitter:
    April 2010First post: Hey tweeps. Hope u guys are doing well. Have started my rehab looking forward to take the field soon. Take care and thanks for all your wishes.Followers: 29,000*Following: 20*

    Tweets: 177*

    The first Indian to score a century in the Indian Premier League, Manish Pandey is more active on Facebook than Twitter. His Twitter account seems to be linked to his Facebook page. Tweets about Kolkata Knight Riders, Karnataka Premier League, and ongoing tournaments, in which he is involved. He posts a lot of pictures, especially selfies.

  5.  Ravindra Jadeja (@imjadeja) – Verified account.Ravindra-Jadeja

    Joined Twitter:
    August 2011First post: Had vry gud massage.Followers: 4,47,000*Following: Not available.

    Tweets: 238*

    He shares a lot of pictures. He loves horses and shares pictures of his horses Ganga and Kesar. He is a vintage car fan and loves anything associated with Rajput culture. One of the cricketers who wishes people on different festivals and tweets about his sponsors too.

  6.  Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) – Verified account.Ajit-AgarkarJoined Twitter: February 2013First post: My first innings on twitter. You can follow me @imAagarkar. Looking forward to tweet(ing) 🙂 Cheers!Followers: 43,400*

    Following: 120*

    Tweets: 236*

    The former Mumbai captain tweets about football, Indian Super League, Manchester United, Rob van Persie, Mumbai, Mumbai cricketers, and tennis. Most of his tweets revolve around Manchester United and Mumbai. He comes across as a diehard Manchester United fan.

  7. Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) – Verified account.Rahul-SharmaJoined Twitter: May 2011First post: MohaliFollowers: 68,100*

    Following: 171*

    Tweets: 2,073*

    Rahul Sharma tweets about festivals and retweets his followers’ wishes too. He also tweets congratulating other sports personalities on their wins, such as India’s hockey Gold medal at Asian Games and Mary Kom’s win.

  8. Zaheer Khan (@ImZaheer) – Verified account.Zaheer-KhanJoined Twitter: January 2010First post: Time to get head around cricket !!!Followers: 1.67 million*

    Following: 114*

    Tweets: 667*

    India’s pace spearhead for a long time, Zaheer Khan tweets about festivals, fellow cricketers, sponsors, and shares pictures with other cricketers. He has been lately promoting a sports fitness centre, which was launched in July 2014 in Mumbai.

  9. Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) – Verified account.Ishant-SharmaJoined Twitter: December 2009First post: Hi guys it is my first tweet!! Really tired aftr training..!!Followers: 67,300*

    Following: 28*

    Tweets: 273*

    Ishant Sharma shares pictures of himself relaxing at home or of fellow cricketers or of his dog. He is not particularly regular on Twitter and he has mentioned about it. He once tweeted, “And Sorry guys for not being regular. Back to back matches & practice. Hardly get time. Will be regular soon ☺ Lots of love ☺”

  10. Sanjay Bangar (@ImSanjayBangar)Sanjay-BangarJoined Twitter: April 2013First post: He retweeted people welcoming on Twitter.Followers: 8,924*Following: 72*

    Tweets: 107*

    A former India all-rounder, Sanjay Bangar’s exceptional coaching skills were praised by all and sundry when he led the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to their first IPL final. Mainly retweets posts from Kings XI Punjab and tweets mainly about the franchisee’s cricketers or events. Lately, Bangar also shared pictures of his family celebrating Diwali. He also shared pictures with his former Railways teammates and Kings XI Punjab team.

    * numbers when the story was updated.

     

    (Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricLife. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog and produces weekly posts on new food joints at Whopping Weekends. She played table tennis for University of Calcutta. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English serial on her laptop. Her Twitter id is @blackrosegal)